National Union (Ha-Ihud Ha-Leumi, in Hebrew)
NATIONAL UNION (Ha-Ihud Ha-Leumi, in Hebrew)
Israeli electoral list, constituted in February 1999, anticipating the general elections scheduled for the following May. The National Union was comprised of the extreme right party, Tekumah, headed by Benny Begin, and the extreme right party, Moledet, led by Rehavam Zeʾevi, and Israel Beiteinu, headed by Avigdor Lieberman. As a result of the ballot of 17 May 1999, this list won four seats in the Knesset, taken by Michael Kleiner, Benyamin (Benny) Elon, Hanan Porat, and Rehavam Zeʾevi, while the head of the Labor Party, Ehud Barak, was elected prime minister. In March 2001, after the election of the leader of Likud, Ariel Sharon, to head the government, Zeʾevi was named tourism minister. On the following 17 October, the latter was assassinated by a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine commando. The National Union coalition opposes concessions to the Palestinian Authority and the creation of a Palestinian state. In the 2003 elections, the National Union received 5.5 percent of the vote (seven seats in the Knesset).